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Reading Usenet Discussion groups and articles is a fun and rewarding experience, allowing you to find information you just can't get anywhere else.

Trolls
While searching Usenet, you may come across a "troll". In reference to Usenet, a "troll" is a user who attempts to start a malicious argument or illicit a tyrannical reaction out of others simply for their own amusement.

Kill Files
The secret weapon that you have to help eliminate annoying "trolls" on Usenet is the "kill file". The "kill file" is a file that filters out unwanted posters and key phrases from your viewable Usenet Newsgroups. I haven't seen a troll in a long time that would necessitate using a "kill file", but the "kill file" is a good resource to be aware of and have access to.

Usenet Charter
Each Newsgroup on Usenet has a "Usenet Charter" or a set of rules and etiquette for their newsgroup. You can read a newsgroups' charter for more information on what posts are allowed and what the general behavior is expected from a newsgroup. It also helps to just browse the newsgroup and notice the tone and general behavior of articles and posts in the newsgroup. Notice the structure of posts, how responses are made and formatted, and the general language in the newsgroup.

Lurking
Spend some time "lurking". "Lurking" is a Usenet term describing just reading Usenet Newsgroup articles. You'll quickly find the tone and etiquette of certain newsgroups, and you'll be a more informed and social contributor once you decide to post in newsgroups.

Observe
By observing and learning about accepted practices and etiquette from newsgroups "before" you post articles on Usenet, you'll be sure to make Usenet a more concise and structured forum for discussions.

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